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But it was a worthwhile read. This is most definitely not for children. And even after 19 years, his Grandma still stands blackands the window and waits for her long-lost son to come back.

Review – Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Although their lives had been filled with pain, I didn’t feel any tolerance for their behaviour towards Steven. Posted to The Literary Lawyer. In his quest to solve the mystery, Stephen learns lessons about family, love, friendship and fear.

He doesn’t understand the danger this poses, he simply wants his mum and nan to be able to move on. Blaklands also incorporates images into the novel, which is fairly unique to the genre.

Avery’s chapters are handled well too; Bauer doesn’t shy away from portraying the killer’s lack of remorse or his continuing lust for his child victims, even his arousal at the very idea of his crimes, and while this occasionally verges on being harrowing, it’s helped by frequent, if brief, switches to the perspective of fellow inmates or prison wardens.

Told in third person, we are given a tour inside the head of the psychopath belinxa. The body, never recovered, A Belinda Bauer book has been on my radar for quite some time and here I am after finishing her debut, Blacklands. Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. We know he’s nearing the end of a prison sentence.

As far as the plot goes, I was very surprised several times but never to a point were sense got blacklandd. View all 23 comments. Steven’s dad is long gone, belibda by a succession of short-term “uncles”, and the house is damp, decaying and comfortless. His family feels broken as a result of the tragedy, and he will do anything to fix it – including writing to Avery himself to ask him where Billy’s body is buried.

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It’s a nice touch that Bauer gives minor characters a backstory, making some of the chapters feel almost like self-contained short stories. Ask yourself if you believe an 11 year old would do that.

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

So begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. Lists with This Book. Ask him about what really happened and where his body is buried. Through Bauer, we understand how dangerous and impaired is Avery without her having to indulge in graphic detail. To and with such a young person, it truly is creepy. As the correspondence and cryptic notes progress, the subtle shifts in the balance of power over time are brilliantly exposed.

Buy the selected items together This item: She kept it hidden and under control until the end when the sick, slimy, black evil was revealed. His obsession sometimes takes him to the library where he goes online to research information about the serial killer, and – and this is the most fascinating part of the story – opens a correspondence with him through letters.

The Lamb family is blacklandss a dark state of flux. The language and the sentiments feel real, and one’s attachment to the main character grows in direct proportion to our disquiet as the story unfolds. Having read Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer, Bbauer was keen to read more of her work. Avery himself is remorseless which makes the chapters devoted to him incredibly uncomfortable to read.


Lettie and her mother Steven’s nan – Mrs Peters never got baudr know where Billy’s body was buried and this inability to find closure made them very bitter, and to be honest, not very nice people. We know who done it! I get the family dynamic. Even though it is written in the third person omniscient POV, Bauer does a fantastic job of putting us in the heads of even minor characters.

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What was everyone getting so hot under the microbial collar about? There are some good points. The very opening of the book creates a sense of place and an atmosphere which is both gloomy and compelling. Wednesday, February 22, – 7: The precise prose and seeming simplicity that is the basis for Bauer’s writing reminds me of the crisp elegance of Karin Fossum and the author’s ability blackllands tap into the heart-rending emotions of Steven and the chilling calculation of a serial killer reads so authentically and keeps the reader fixated.

There are distinct similarities – child protagonists, a range of perspectives, bullying and abuse as strong themes, a crime at the centre of the plot – but Rupture is far more in-depth and executed with much greater finesse. Socks were so normal. Could not put this down. Unsettling and belunda to the point of Blacklands was the debut novel from Belinda Bauer and was originally released at the end of but it unfortunately never reached my radar.

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Surely anyone who wore socks could not truly be a threat to him or anyone else? Stevens perspective on things is well done and there is a good sense of place in Somerset.

But I just thought a different author could have done it so much better been reading too much Siobhan Dowd maybe Surely it is impossible not to be pulled in immediately. What an incredible book. The story also jumps about a bit with the thoughts of Arnold Avery, the serial killer remembering past conquests and kills and then his thoughts jumping back to his present.